Bass riff for Chicken Payback by the Bees

Could it really be this simple or am I missing something? (I probably am)

    E x E (Ebb) Gb    A x A (Abb) B
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|*---------------*|*-7-x-7b(½)~--9-*|
A|*-7-x-7b(½)~--9-*|*---------------*|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
    1 & 2 & 3 & 4     1 & 2 & 3 & 4

x ghost note
b bend note down
~ sustain
* repeat

ps: great film clip! Celebrate the gamification of music! ‘All the animals together, break it down, let me hear!’

Playing bass, one year on

I’ve had my bass for just over a year now. I don’t record my playing often, but my earliest recording is from one year ago.

So here I am, last year, fumbling away at a bass line after a few days practice…

And here I am, today, fumbling away at that same bass line after a year of practice…

Check out the difference! I’ve come a long way, baby. Still plenty of room for improvement! 🙂

The song is Hey Ya! by Outkast.

Rock on!
"guilty pleasure" practising bass #FMSphotoaday

Budding audiophile

I’ve noted before that Apple headsets don’t work so well with the Galaxy S3. Happily this lead my to search for alternatives—with excellent results.

I should note that I did my shopping at Headphonic, and the headphones I chose were based on their excellent advice. They have great prices, policies and free shipping too! In fact, the second pair of headphones I ordered arrived in less than 24 hours! That’s Perth to Brisbane folks, pretty incredible! (The first headphones took longer as they weren’t in stock at the time I placed my order, which I did know in advance.)

Audio Technica ATH-AD700

These arrived in October. They are big, purple and copper coloured, open headphones. Gamers rave about them and for good reasons. They are super comfortable. Even though they are huge, they are very light and soft on the ears. They sound great, nice and clear. They do leak sound (people around you will easily hear what you are listening too) but likewise you can hear people talking to you without taking them off (unless what you are listening to is loud at the time!)

I have heard complaints that they do not have enough bass—I do not personally find this to be a problem. If you go someplace quiet and listen to music, these headphones deliver astounding clarity. The bass won’t overwhelm the rest of the music—which is how bass should be heard!—but you will hear it.

They may be a little impractical for a LAN, due to their size and open design. However, they score points for the social aspect—being able to hold conversations is a bonus! Depends on your preference and the type of LAN 🙂

Audio Technica ATH-AD700. Tell your friends.

Gaming accessories

The AD700s aren’t a “surround” headset but you can use dolby surround if your soundcard supports it. I added a soundcard to my PC with a headphone amp (Xonar DGX) and it’s all lovely now!

Lastly, for gaming you need a mic. Despite comments that it would be easy to find a clip on mic to use with these headphones, it was anything but. Everywhere seemed to be out of stock. I tried a desk mic from Dick Smith but my mates couldn’t hear me speak so that was no good (maybe I didn’t configure it right). I finally settled on the excellent ModMic. It’s simple to use and super effective, and I can use it with any headphones now or in the future!


Crossfade M-80 White Pearl

While that sorted me for gaming, I still needed something for day to day use. I figured out that I can use the S3 volume buttons to skip forward and back in my playlists, so using play/pause on the headset controls would get me by. I wanted something that sounded better while commuting, especially something that would let me hear the bass better against the backdrop of traffic and trains. The M-80s caught my eye. Well, look at them: Crossfade M-80 White Pearl (On-Ear). They are full of awesomeness!

As reported by others, these do get tight on the ears. [Update 10 April 2013: they’re not so tight when you extend the bands for a better fit!] At the end of my commute (about 1 hour 30 minutes) I can feel pains in the creases around my ear from having the m80s clamped down. This has been getting better as they wear in. This isn’t the comfort of the AD700s, but the sound is awesome! They isolate outside noise very well, you can still hear but it is muffled. And they boost bass in a lovely way, while keeping the rest of the music clear. Love it! They also come with a fantastic case and 2 headset cables: one for Apple devices (3 button remote) and one for others (single button). Both cables include a mic. Nice eh?

A very cool feature is that you can design your own shields to place on the sides. Celebrate your own brand—shiny!

My custom shields for M-80 headphones
I designed up this lion-dragon/port-starboard combo 🙂


Very happy with my headphones! Thanks again Headphonic, Audio Technica and V-Moda (oh, and ModMic!)


FYI, my criteria for headphones was this:

  1. not canalphones (the ones you poke inside your ears like earplugs)
  2. open enough to hear things when needed, but quiet enough they won’t disturb others
  3. listening to music on the train and at work
  4. play/pause controls
  5. microphone optional
  6. for computer gaming (my old USB headset required me to restart games when switching from speakers to headset)
  7. surround for computer gaming would be a bonus
  8. can plug into my amp for bass practice
  9. comfortable for long gaming/bass sessions

So, a pretty good result!

Sand In My Shoes

I love this song. Who doesn’t relate to the nostalgia immediately following a holiday?

I’ve been meaning to work out how to play the bass line for a while, since there are no tabs out there. Here’s my best effort. Love playing it! ~:)

Dido - Sand In My Shoes
Life for Rent - 2003
Track #8/11


Bass tab by  2012-11-17
(note: based on the album version, the music video varies the song structure)


Intro (pp)
   E                                   B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-~---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------| x4
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  (p) 0:30
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


First verse
  ‘Two weeks away feels like the whole world should have changed’
   E                 B                 E                 B
G|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---|-----------------|-9---9---9---9---| x2
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

  ‘on the road, where the cars never stop going through the night’
   E                 B                 Db                Ab      Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2---2---2---2---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2---2---2---2---|-4---4---4---4---|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-4---4---2---2---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus
  ‘I've still got sand in my shoes and I can't shake the thought of you’
   Db        GbAbB   Db          AbDb  B         GbAb    Gb      Ab  B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~--------2---2-|-4~------------4-|-2~--------2-----|-------------2---| x3
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-2---2---4-4-----|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Second verse
  ‘Tomorrow's back to work and down to sanity’
   E                                   B
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-| x3
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db                                  Ab                Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus (once, then repeat last 4 bars)
‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Bridge
   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db        GbAbB   Db    GbAbB   E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------2-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-4-4-----2-|-4-4-4-----2-4---| x3
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-------2h44------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db        GbAbB             GbAbB             GbAbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|---------------2-|---------------2-|---------------2-|-----------------|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4-4-4-4-4-------|-4~--------------|
E|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------2h44--|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus x2

‘and I~~~~~~~         wanna see you  a-gain~~’
   E                 B                 Gb                          E GbB
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-----------------|-----------------|---------------9-|
A|-----------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   E                 B                 Gb
G|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-9~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-9~--------------|-~---------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  



(p)  - piano (play quietly)
(pp) - pianissimo (play very quietly)
h    - hit
~    - let it ring

I may be paranoid, but not an android

Time for another post about android? You bet!

I tried iOS 6 on my iPhone 4 for a week and quite liked it. Then I bit the bullet, rooted my galaxy S3 and installed a custom rom on it to get the latest android: jelly bean.

The rom I chose, after very little research, is called paranoid android. It’s based on another rom called CyanogenMod. The key feature of paranoid android is that you can pretend your phone is a tablet. You can do this per app. Some apps give you different UI layouts on different devices, paranoid android lets you use them on a single device. It’s a great idea and works a treat.

The downside to using a mod rather than a stock rom is that some of the stock features no longer work. On the S3 this means many of the advanced motion controls cannot be enabled: like having the screen stay on while you look at it. This is pretty minor, many of these features are gimmicks.

The most glaring problem is that Wi-Fi hotspot does not work. I was hoping to use that for my iPad when away from home, but it’s completely broken. Less of an issue, but there are some features in the Samsung camera app that are not available in the default Google app: backlight scene mode is one I would like to have.

So is a custom rom worth it? Oh yes. Jelly bean is great. Removing Samsung’s customisations is good, I prefer the Google experience. I also like that I can disable the hardware back button (which I kept touching by accident) and adding softkeys to the bottom of the screen. Give up a little real estate, but you get more functionality. The menu button can launch Google now (long press), and the back button becomes a hide keyboard button when you are typing. Nice!

Jelly bean articles talk a lot about “Project Butter” and how the UI is “buttery smooth” which I think sounds pretty silly. Having used it though, the animations are very nice when using home screens and the apps menu. It is definitely much better than the old ice cream sandwich UI. I could elaborate, but let me just say it’s as good as promised (even if it does sound a little silly). I especially love the animation when taking photos. It’s very clear when a photo has been snapped!

Custom roms are tricky to install though. I’ve wiped my phone a few times in the process. I think the simplest solution may be to buy a Google phone, rather than a Samsung. That should mean the jelly bean experience is unaltered and updates are released sooner.

I tried the Samsung flip case. It’s nice, but awkward for me. I’ve put a Case Mate barely there bumper on and that’s exactly what I needed. I don’t press the volume and power buttons by accident much anymore, and I can put the phone face down without it resting on the screen. It hasn’t made the phone much wider, I find it very comfortable in my pocket. I chose the purple case—it’s perfect paired with a Decepticon insignia!

One last note: the super amoled screen in the galaxy S3 is very nice, but it is not as good as the retina display in the iPhone 4. I can see the gaps etween the pixels when I hold the phone close (10 cm). But with such a large screen, holding it a little further away is no problem at all! Turn the brightness up a bit to experience the full glory!

The verdict? Very happy with my customised S3. Really like android jelly bean 🙂

This ain’t no place for no hero

Gearbox have followed up Borderlands with an awesome sequel—Borderlands 2.

These role playing shooters (RPS) are set on Pandora—a planet pretty much on the outer rim of civilisation (that’s probably why it’s called Borderlands right?). If you’re thinking about the awesome space western Firefly, you’re thinking the right kind of setting.

A setting like this demands an awesome soundtrack, with an especially awesome introduction track. The original Borderlands brought us Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant (Borderlands fans should check out this fan comic). Borderlands 2 has done it again, with Short Change Hero by The Heavy (not the actual film clip). Both songs start slow, but their funky alt-rock-country grooves will have you by the end. Enjoy!

Bass tabs for Short Change Hero are rarer than epic loots, and I dunno what key guitarists are playing those ‘chords’ in but this sounds good to me. Get your bass out and lay down a groove! 🙂 If you’ve got suggestions, drop a comment!

The Heavy - Short Change Hero
As featured in: Borderlands 2

Bass tab: Ben Boyle  2012-10-05

Intro (no bass) until 1:24

Verse

   Db          AbB   Db                                              AbDb 
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----4-|
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   B             Ab  Gb          AbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-2~--2~--2---2---|---------------2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|
E|-----------4---4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-4---|-------------4---|-------------4---| x2
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Db          AbB   Db                                              AbDb 
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----4-|
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   B             Ab  Gb          AbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-2~--2~--2-2-2---|---------------2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~--------------|
E|---------------4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-4---|-------------4---|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus “This ain’t no place for no hero…”
Same as the verse, give it a tad more punch! 🙂

   Db          AbB   Db                                              AbDb 
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----2-|-4~----4-4~----4-|
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   B             Ab  Gb          AbB   Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-2~--2~--2---2---|---------------2-|-4~--4-4~--4---2-|-4~--4-4~--4---2-|
E|-----------4---4-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-4---|-------------4---|-------------4---| x2
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Bridge silent bass at 2:55 “every time I close my eyes…”
Bring back root notes, VERY softly, 3:31 (2 bars ahead of drummer)

   Db                
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~--------------|-4~--------------|-4~--------------|-4~--------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   B                 Gb                Db                            GbE
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------4-2-|
A|-2~--------------|-----------------|-4~--------------|-4~--------------|
E|-----------------|-2~--------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Chorus x2

Outro

   Db          AbB   Db                                              AbDb 
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-4~--4-4~--4---2-|-4~--4-4~--4---2-|-4~--4-4~--4---2-|-4~--4-4~--4---4-|
E|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------4---|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   B                 Gb                Db
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-2~----------2---|-----------------|-4~--------------|-4---------------|
E|---------------4-|-2~------------4-|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  


Enjoy!

Great song by The Heavy
Great choice by Gearbox

~:)

Friday night—it’s all about winning. Music. Loots. Bazillions of loots.

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